Month: August 2018

A review of the Egrant inquiry conclusions (Part 4)

A review of the Egrant inquiry conclusions (Part 4)

The fourth part of Godfrey Leone Ganado’s review of the conclusions of the Egrant inquiry: In Part 2 of this series of articles, I referred to page 1407 of the inquiry report, which lists the countries from where the magistrate sought information to back up his report. As regards the Republic of Panama, it results …

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John Vassallo: The shape of our Maltese world

John Vassallo: The shape of our Maltese world

John Vassallo completed his two-part The Sunday Times piece ‘The Republic of Darkness’ reviewing the Egrant inquiry. Read this: “So, with more or less the same doubtful evidence, when the judiciary in a decent country  is inclined to serve the interests of the tax-paying population rather than the fears of the innominato and his advisers, …

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A concert for fallen heroes

A concert for fallen heroes

A recording of a concert given by the Re:Orchestra Quartet of Rotterdam in memory of Daphne Caruana Galizia and Jan Kuciak is available on CD. The concert was sponsored by John Vassallo and Marianne Noll and was held last May at Lapsi church in San Ġiljan. CDs are available at Agenda bookstores. Proceeds go towards …

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German newspaper on “lax regulatory controls” by Malta gaming regulator

German newspaper on “lax regulatory controls” by Malta gaming regulator

Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported this week on gaming companies exploiting chronic regulatory weaknesses in law enforcement in Malta for illegal gaming activities. The story focuses on Loewen Play that runs more than 400 gambling halls in Germany in a state-approved activity. The newspaper, however, reports that Loewen Play uses Malta to dodge German regulators and illegally …

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Compliant officers

Compliant officers

Accountants are often private people. They do their work diligently and quietly and often avoid drawing attention to themselves.  Vincent Camilleri, the accountant at Portmann Capital Management Ltd, will probably be surprised to find even his existence discussed in a political blog. Not to mention seeing his CV assessed by someone who, like me, does …

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How Mossack Fonseca wiped computer and phone records to hide its clients from enforcement agencies

How Mossack Fonseca wiped computer and phone records to hide its clients from enforcement agencies

A lot has been made about lack of evidence of communication between Nexia BT and Mossack Fonseca in Panama about the ownership of Egrant. A report on investigations into Mossack Fonseca in Nevada, the United States, shows that the firm issued instructions to its Panama central computing system and the office of its Nevada subsidiary …

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We have a problem here

We have a problem here

It is one thing for the Finance Minister to adopt the role of a promoter of Malta’s interests and seek to paint a pretty picture of things. It is altogether another to behave like a second-hand car salesman and strong arm the customer into disbelieving their very eyes. Edward Scicluna’s letter to the Financial Times …

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Ranier Fsadni: We are not the isolated ones

Ranier Fsadni: We are not the isolated ones

This is the speech delivered by Ranier Fsadni at Thursday’s Valletta vigil. Jien aċċettajt li niġi nkellimkom illum għaliex xbajt nisma’ lil min qatt ma rifes hawn jispjega għala jien u intom niġu ninġabru hawnhekk. Xbajt nisma’ li jien iżolat. Xbajt nisma’ li jien indannat, li ma niflaħx nara lil pajjiżi jgawdi l-aqwa żmien, li …

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THE SUNDAY TIMES: La Piovra

THE SUNDAY TIMES: La Piovra

My article in today’s The Sunday Times is an adaptation of my speech at Thursday’s vigil in Valletta. Here’s the original speech in Maltese if you prefer. Nixtieq nirringrazzja lil Daphne Caruana Galizia. Qatt daqs illum ma kien hemm tant bżonn li t-tislima tagħna għall-memorja ta’ Daphne Caruana Galizia ssir f’forma ta’ protesta.  Meta tlett …

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A review of the Egrant inquiry conclusions (Part 3)

A review of the Egrant inquiry conclusions (Part 3)

Third part of Godfrey Leone Ganado’s review of the conclusions of the Egrant inquiry: In this third Article, I will provide further background from the Panama Papers, the legislation governing companies in Panama and how Egrant Inc fits into this scenario. On page 1409 of the report, point ‘f’ lists Panama Lawyer Fernando Berguido who …

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